Entry #7

From Sunday February 5, 2012:

Sometimes in life we make challenges for ourselves, and there are times when these challenges seem unachievable.  But the lesson to be learned is that part of the challenge is perseverance.

There are no easy roads in life…this I have discovered through many observations and experiences.  Sometimes we endeavor on a journey or mission, and come back with failure.  Failure is not always bad.  Oftentimes, there can be a lesson learned.  Gaining from different experiences can bring about success in an indirect manner.

What are the rules in civil disobedience?  Where must one go to avoid society for an extended time?  Why must there always be a right or wrong answer to common situations?

Preparation and anticipation go hand-in-hand, sometimes when dealing with challenging situations.  Additionally, a person’s mood and health  can be fluctuated by the amount of emotion changes experienced in challenging times.  It is for this reason we must remain civil in dealing with one another, and react discreetly when handling a delicate matter in any situation.

Why is it “easier said than done” to persevere through challenging times?  I think it is easier for some, more than others, to persevere, and I think it is all related to values, behavior, and the like.  Emotional intelligence (Take the test) can be a good measurement for realizing one’s ability to persevere.  Whether not you are searching for your own level or others, I recommend exploring this area of your life…Take a look at my Emotional Intelligence IQ below:

Average EQ: You have slightly above average EQ – with room to grow!  You are likely sensitive to the emotional climate of the people around you when you and they – peers, friends, family and key clients – are under pressure.  You are aware of the effect your behavior has on others.  While you may be adept at tuning into others and their needs – you must remember your own.

Don’t be afraid to honestly communicate these difficult needs and feelings.  This is one of the most important aspects of Emotional Intelligence: being able to skillfully air your grievances.

Things to consider: What situations generally create pressure and stress for you?  How are you handling these situations? What negative thoughts play over and over in your mind on a regular basis? Are these a true picture of reality? When you are triggered emotionally, what are some of your less effective default behaviors?

If you can learn to be more aware of when emotions are driving your behavior and stay calm in your high pressure moments, you will see a big increase in your Emotional Intelligence, which will lead to increased performance and more effective relationships – at work and at home!

Goodbye for tonight…

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